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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

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"T is for trouble. Trouble, trouble, trouble." - Sesame Street, 1992.

Keep it simple Johnathan. All that alliteration helps us.

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Posted by Yes Bob on 02/14/2014 at 8:47 AM

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Sounds like a great program Mr. Mayor. Reading is the keystone of education, and you have to make it fun.

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Posted by bslap on 02/14/2014 at 8:42 AM

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Stupid is as stupid does!

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Posted by Blacksmith on 02/14/2014 at 5:33 AM

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The first step to attract business and jobs is to remove the homeless skum! Pass and vigorously enforce a no outdoor lodging ordinance and the worthless skum will move on to LA or some other bleeding heart community. Then you can take the lines off the sidewalk.

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Posted by James Henry Archbold on 02/13/2014 at 10:59 AM

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Stronger schools will help kids learn how to spell "Commentary."

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 02/13/2014 at 8:50 AM

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Obviously, the three Rs you are talking about is to turn the kids into


I think that this is the current strategy. That's why we have such a poor system.

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Posted by Bob Regan on 02/13/2014 at 8:45 AM

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Don't you get it folks, the troglodytes who the morons elect want to keep Arizona's education system in the crapper for a reason.

It's the only way to keep the electorate stupid enough to keep re-electing them.

And just look how well it's working.

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Posted by Bob Regan on 02/13/2014 at 8:41 AM

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Sure, JUST throw more money at it.... Tucson is headed the way of other Failed Liberal Experiments. If the "Public Schools" are to be fixed, Get the Unions out, Bring back Discipline, Throw out "Common Core", and get back to basic teaching, RRR.

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Posted by cempiremtn on 02/13/2014 at 6:40 AM

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Time for more folks to speak up, get out your writing pens and support with letters and actions those who are bent to protect real public education in our communities. Public education that we control with elected school boards, tax override elections and open school board meetings where public input is welcome. I feel one of the problems with support for public education (District Schools) in Arizona is the disconnect so many people have that have retired and relocated here.

Many seniors have no history or involvement with our local schools. They just know the schools exist and are on their property tax bills. What each and everyone of us must realize is properly funded public schools are the protection of the value of our homes. The value of our property is directly tied to the public schools in our area. Anyone relocating and buying a home looks at the schools in the area before they buy. Homes in districts of highly rated schools sell faster and for higher prices than poorly rated schools with buildings in need of repair.

Ask any real estate sales person, one of the first questions a prospective buyers asks is, in what school district is the home located. To protect and maintain the value of our homes, we must reserve public financing for our schools.

If we want the best use of our tax dollars the dual system of public education dividing our public funds for what has become a false choice of public charter schools and private schools must end. Not to harm them in anyway, but to expect them to be financed by the people that choose to use them. With limited funds and so many public needs our first priority must be the schools in our districts within our control. It is only reasonable for us to expect our elected representatives to work with us to protect our property values, our investments in our homes with state funds to our local district schools. Don't allow anyone for any reason to pollute our environment, dirty our water or air, contaminate our food or destroy our schools through lack of proper funding.

Enlist seniors to protect and enhance property values, point out the advantages to our young people the value to their own futures and jobs in our community with completed educations. It must be a community effort, just keep working and building support among all of our people.

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Posted by hakeson on 02/13/2014 at 4:48 AM

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The real problem is man's sinful nature. Got a fix?

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Posted by Rat T on 02/06/2014 at 3:08 PM

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The real problem is the lack of mental health services in Arizona and in the United States. These people need professional help and are not in thier right mind. They need to be treated by mental health professionals not left on the street and ignored, pushing them further to the margins and even more out of their minds.

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Posted by Kevin Smith on 01/08/2014 at 11:06 PM

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I don;t want criminals or mentally ill people to own guns. No person who owns guns wants them to have access to weapons.
It was irresponsible of Giffords not to have security on site. This is a dangerous world. Too bad her staff didn't see that.

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Posted by Fraser007 on 01/07/2014 at 5:50 PM

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I wonder what would have happened if criminals and mentally ill people could not purchase guns.

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Posted by Sallie Badger on 01/05/2014 at 4:01 PM

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I wonder what would have happened if Gabby had a Sheriff's Deputy or a privately hired security agent to protect her and the public.

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Posted by Fraser007 on 01/03/2014 at 12:33 PM

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The resultant of this oppressive regimes end is to discourage all but the poorest Mexican ( illegals ) and Blacks to ( and I might add ) Stupidly have kids in Tucson. Any and everybody else will send theirs to Private School, or Home School them. In the end, Everybody KNOWS, contrary to prevailing homosexual/pornographers dreams and views, La Raza will never mix with los Mallates, except outside of school and on the fringes of their neighborhoods. In otherwords, even after 60 years, Diss-segregation will continue to be needed.

Posted by reidh on 12/18/2013 at 12:22 PM

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The facts are the facts- most students from Catalina Foothills go to college, and most from the southside do not. Yes, parental and environmental factors are critical- that's obvious. But so is the school. In my vast experience with Tucson schools (as a sub and full-time teacher), I stand by every word of this article as the truth.

Do people enjoy being reminded of how far behind they are? Of course not. I understand some of the resentment (although getting mad at me won't solve anything- let's get those angered kids to the LIBRARY where they can actually make some progress!).

I challenge anyone reading this to inspect the issue for themselves. Stop by a few classrooms at a southside middle or high school; then swing by Orange grove or Catalina Foothills.

You will be able to confirm what I wrote over 2 years ago.

It's good to be alive!
Adam Jacobs

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Posted by Adam Jacobs on 12/09/2013 at 9:18 PM

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idea behind IRS doing this would implicate our spending money

Posted by Doug DeNunzio on 12/04/2013 at 7:22 AM

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thank you for sharing this....Industry-funded zealots are fishing to avoid nonprofits from defending experts, kids, employees and the surroundings. With the outrageous discussion that nonprofits are getting wealthy by making the govt follow its own rules, they want to make sure that only the truly wealthy are able to take the govt to judge.
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Posted by bettyphillips on 11/20/2013 at 2:03 AM

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fraser says: "Tucson is 41% Hispanic and TUSD is over 60% Hispanic. Yet nobody wants to go to TUSD, they move to Vail, Marana, etc. They are voting with their feet. They don't care about TUSD."

Many, if not most, of the middle class (mostly white) parents who send their kids to non-TUSD schools still live within TUSD's boundaries. They ought to care a lot about what goes on inside TUSD schools because a whole bunch of their tax money is being frittered away to keep TUSD administrators living in the style to which most of us will never become accustomed. The state and federal government pay about the same amount per pupil to all the local school districts. So any differences in per pupil spending result from the different amount of local taxes paid to each of the districts. In 2012...the most recent year with audited are the total per pupil expenditures for some local districts: Vail/$6,523 per pupil; Catalina Foothills/$6,633; Flowing Wells/ $6,887 per pupil; Sunnyside/$7,004 per pupil; Tanque Verde/$7,261 per pupil; Amphitheater/$7,830 per pupil; TUSD/$8,751. As you can see, TUSD got more than a $1,000 more per pupil than any other local district. In fact, TUSD $2,000 or more per pupil than Vail, Catalina Foothills, and Flowing Wells. All data comes from the Arizona Auditor General's 2012 report on Arizona School District spending.

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Posted by Marty on 11/09/2013 at 9:29 AM

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Tucson is 41% Hispanic and TUSD is over 60% Hispanic. Yet nobody wants to go to TUSD, they move to Vail, Marana, etc. They are voting with their feet. They don't care about TUSD. They see the results.

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Posted by fraser007 on 11/08/2013 at 11:54 AM

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